The Westminster College Science in Motion program provides elementary, middle and high school students with laboratory experiences with modern instrumentation and offers their teachers professional development opportunities through workshops and mentoring links with college faculty. The Science vehicles at Westminster College will transport scientific equipment and instruments to participating teachers in order for them to increase understanding of the science concepts they are teaching.
In meeting these goals, the SIM program directly addresses several areas of critical need in Pennsylvania's science classrooms. Regarding equipment and supplies, there is general agreement that hands-on activities in a science classroom greatly enhance the learning process for students. However, few science teachers in our state have the resources to run an effective laboratory program. SIM essentially gives participating high school and middle school science teachers access to an equipment storeroom with more than $200 K of modern laboratory equipment.
The Science in Motion program includes in its yearly schedule a substantial professional development component for teachers that strengthens content knowledge and provides a direct mentoring link with natural science faculty. Another need for teachers is time. Most science teachers are assigned to teach multiple subjects during the day, and there is little time for them to prepare for laboratory experiments, even when equipment is available. SIM meets this need with laboratory experiments and equipment to be used in the classroom.
Lori Martin at:
231 Hoyt Science Center
New Wilmington, PA 16172
phone: (724) 946-6298